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Sometimes, just sometimes, old people say something worth listening to. Ok, so it's like picking the needle out of a whole haystack of mis-remembered war stories, but those gems should be celebrated.

Tell us something worthwhile an old-type person has told you.

Note, we're leaving the definition of old up to you, you smooth-skinned youngsters.

(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 16:16)
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My Gran told me that if my poo floated, in the toilet obviously, then I wasn't eating properly. Once my jobbies went under, I could consider myself pretty healthy.

A number of my more elderly relatives told me exactly the same thing over the years (rather worrying in itself) and I'm happy to pass this pearl of wisdom on.
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 16:48, closed)
My mother passes that pearl of wisdom on as well

(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 16:55, closed)
Is'nt that

the wrong way around? i thought a floaty poo was healthy...oh god I'm going to die!
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 17:17, closed)
It doesn't matter if it floats or sinks according to the article I found.
" As for "floating versus sinking," one school argues that stools should float. Ferreira says buoyancy is a sign that the body has absorbed the minerals in the food and that these nutrients are not contained in the waste. Another camp believes healthy bowel movements should touch bottom because of their bulk and fiber content. Loftness is not impressed with either argument: "Most stools will sink," he says. "Whether it floats or sinks really doesn't seem to make any difference.""
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 17:24, closed)
Floating stools are an indication of a high level of saturated fats in your diet apparently. Was your Gran a dietician?
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 17:46, closed)
Floating poo
means that you have been retaining wind, i.e. stifling your farts. And this is not healthy... for you, anyway.
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 20:54, closed)
Blimey, that site has accurately described the entire range of poos I've created over the last 40 years.

My Gran was actually a Bus Conductor and was very proud of the fact that her poos never floated... except for the one time she went 'overseas' (France).
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 21:11, closed)
"In the toilet, obviously"
I'd be more worried if mine floated in mid-air.

Buoyant bowel movements might give some dubious indication of dietary health, but levitating ones are a real cause for concern.
(, Fri 20 Jun 2008, 14:04, closed)
Try t'internetting "Bristol Stool Chart"!
(, Sun 22 Jun 2008, 17:37, closed)

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